Can you have a tummy tuck after giving birth?
It is safe for you to have a tummy tuck at this time (six months) after giving birth.
However, you may want to consider waiting until you are done having children.
In some cases, patients do become pregnant after having had a tummy tuck, and most do not have any issues during the pregnancy or delivery.
Some of these patients may notice that their skin streteches again, and therefore may require a second tummy tuck.
For that reason, we generally advise waiting until you are done having children. (Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon)
The most important thing for any body-contouring procedure, of which tummy tuck is one, is to have a stable, healthy lifestyle.
Weight is less of an issue since some patients’ weight will re-set after pregnancy, depending on your age. You should be as healthy as possible, meaning a good balanced, diet, and regular exercise routine.
Your weight should be stable, not gaining or losing, for a few months. Once you are as active and healthy as you can be, certainly resuming at least the activity and exercise level you had pre-pregnancy, then a surgeon can gauge what can be done to assist you in achieving the appearance you want.
Remember also that there are a variety of “tummy tucks” so your surgery needs to be customized to your individual anatomical situation and goals. Usually all of these requirements are not achieved much before 6 months. (Robin T.W. Yuan, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)
Tummy tuck after giving birth
Six months after their last pregnancy is perfect timing for women to have a tummy tuck. The deep layer (fascia) has tightened and patients have had some time to lose their baby weight.
Patients should try to get some help if possible for the two weeks after surgery since lifting the baby will be more difficult. Also if they are contemplating breast surgery at the same time they should have stabilized after ceasing breast feeding. (Brent Moelleken, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)
If you are done having children and you are at your target weight, you can consider having abdominoplasty at this time. You need to make arrangements at home to help care for the baby while you recovery. (Michael S. Beckenstein, MD, Birmingham Plastic Surgeon)
Assuming you had no problems such as infection or wound separation after the C section, six months should be fine. It is best if you feel you have lost most of the baby weight and your weight is stable. Count on about 2 weeks for recovery and make sure you have help with your kid(s).
Our Santa Rosa tummy tuck patients sometimes have a full mommy makeover, including breast surgery. If you are thinking about that, it may e worthwhile waiting until you are no longer breast feeding. Either way, discuss the postoperative recovery carefully with your family and your doctor. (Francisco Canales, MD, Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon)
Tummy Tuck totally safe 6 months after giving birth
Six months seems like a reasonable amount of time if you:
1. Are done having children.
2. Have achieved a stable weight that you think you can maintain and which you are happy with.
3. The skin of the abdomen seems the same as it did the month before – sometimes skin continues to tighten for up to a year. (Robert M. Freund, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)
Wait a minimum of 6 months
Six months should be fine, as long as you do not plan on having any more kids and you are able to set aside 10-14 days for your recovery.
Having a new baby to care for, as you probably already know, takes a lot of energy, so just make sure you have the time to recover and help at home with the kids. (Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)
Six months is fine as far as the scar goes. What you do have to consider is if you’ve lost the pregnancy weight. If you haven’t completely than I would suggest waiting until your weight levels off. (Christopher L. Hess, MD, Fairfax Plastic Surgeon)
As long as you are done having children, and as long as your body has completely stopped changing, it is fine to do a tummy tuck at 6 months. But usually it is good to wait a bit longer like 9-12 months. (Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)
Wait 6 months after you stopped breast feeding to do a tummy tuck.
In our cosmetic surgery practice in NYC, I wait 6 months after you stopped breast feeding to do a tummy tuck, so that all the hormones settle down. If you did not breast feed, it’s fine to do an abdominoplasty six months after your baby was born. (George J. Beraka, MD (retired), Manhattan Plastic Surgeon)